SC unemployed can file claims for benefits via smartphones

SC unemployed can file claims for benefits via smartphones

Jobless residents in South Carolina can now seek weekly benefits through their iPhones via a new app launched by the state's unemployment agency.

The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce unveiled Wednesday a new, free app called iClaim that allows people who have already applied for benefits to file subsequent weekly claims via an iPhone or iPad.

The app is the first of its kind offered by a state unemployment office, according to S.C. DEW officials. Executive Director Cheryl M. Stanton said the app improves customer service and helps prevent fraud.

People still must fill out an initial application for benefits online.

A 2013 survey of S.C. unemployment claimants showed that 70 percent used a mobile phone to access the Internet at least once a day, according to the S.C. DEW.

The app is available on iOS 7 or higher. It is not yet available for Android devices. You can download the app here or search for "SC Weekly iClaim" in the Apple store.

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